20 Tips and Tricks For A Harmonious Thanksgiving

Our friends at Big Chill have just made it easier to get ready for Thanksgiving with a great info-graphic.  Don’t panic, you still have two full days before Thanksgiving arrives. After 20 years of hosting Thanksgiving dinner, I still find it to be my favorite holiday.

Ivy’s 10 Tips for a Harmonious Thanksgiving

  1.  Use catering/prepared items from your favorite gourmet grocery store. Four of my favorite:  Stew Leonards , Fresh Market, Williams-Sonoma, Adams Fairacre Farms
  2. Check to see if your store delivers same day or next day groceries.  Shop online and save yourself a trip or let them shop, then all you do is pick up your bags and pay.  Shop Rite is a great source in our area.
  3. Gather all serving platters, caving essentials and serving ware the day before.antique-white-platter-with-handles-1-c
  4. Set the table the night before.  We love Eddie Ross Thanksgiving table for Lonny.eddie-ross
  5. Use a cooler outdoors to keep drinks cold and saves fridge room.
  6. If someone insist on bringing a dish, let them.  Keep everyone happy.thanksgiving21
  7. Have leftover containers ready for guest to take back home.  I love these leftover Thanksgiving labels from Oh Happy Day.  You can down load them here.
  8. Keep the dishwasher empty and ready to load.
  9. Play your favorite Christmas movie between dinner and dessert.  Our favorite is Elf.
  10. To cut back on washing dishes, serve dessert on disposable chic dinnerware.  Use regular flatware and ceramic mugs.

10 More Tips and Tricks for a Harmonious Thanksgiving in Collaboration with Big Chill


Most importantly, Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks, a day for sharing a meal with family and friends and strangers.  Do as much as you can, or as little as you want to. We hope our 20 Tips and Tricks for a Harmonious Thanksgiving makes it easier. Happy Hosting!

Ivy de Leon

About Ivy de Leon

From decorating and home staging to entertaining and gardening, I enjoy bringing traditional style to each project. I love to combine new and vintage market finds to create elevated and inviting spaces for today's modern lifestyle. CONTACT: IVY@IVYDELEON.COM
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